Latest Football News 

  • ​Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid could be made official as early as today. Due to Atleti’s ban on registering players, he cannot play for his old side until January and could go on loan to a Chinese Super League club in the meantime.
  • Blues midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 22, is in talks about a £5m move to Watford, where he spent the 2012-13 season on loan.
  • Alexis Sanchez, 28, is demanding £400,000 a week in wages to stay at the club, an increase of £125,000 a week on his current deal.

  • Japanese club Vissel Kobe rolled out the red carpet for German striker Lukas Podolski on Thursday, hoping the high-profile signing will improve their fortunes in the J-League.
  • Real Madrid could hijack Bayern Munich transfer  target Leon Goretzka’s switch to the Allianz Arena. The Schalke midfielder was set to move on a free transfer with his contract expiring next summer.
  • The La Liga champions will formally present Jesus Vallejo at the Bernabeu on Friday, with the Spain under-21 international having done enough on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last season to secure a place in Zinedine Zidane’s squad as a replacement for Pepe.
  • Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, 22, wants to play in the Premier League.
  • Real Madrid have sent a new message to Kylian Mbappe underlining how much they want to sign him this summer.
  • If Dani Ceballos arrives at Real Madrid, it will push James Rodriguez out the door. He is a Chelsea  transfer targetand is also attracting interest from Manchester United. But Madrid don’t want to sell two players to Jose Mourinho’s side, so a move to London is more likely.
  • Iker Casillas, 36, says he will stay at FC Porto for another season.

  • Manchester City have sent club officials to Istanbul for talks with Basaksehir over Cengiz Under.
  • Leicester are making progress on a deal to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
  • Juventus are unwilling to pay Fiorentina’s asking price of €50million (£43.8million) for winger Federico Bernardeschi. They will only go up to €40million (£35.1million) for the 23-year-old and could turn to Douglas Costa as an alternative.
  • Chelsea haven’t given up on Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, but admit the deal is getting harder to pull off.
  • Inter want to sign Matteo Darmian but are not keen on doing business with Manchester United due to Jose Mourinho’s interest in Ivan Perisic.

  • Manchester United are keen to negotiate a deal to take Wayne Rooney to Everton that does not involve the former England captain as a makeweight in the £75 million transfer of Romelu Lukaku.
  • Everton will have to pay £40m for Swansea’s 27-year-old midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson; Leicester are also showing interest.
  • Turkish side Galatasaray have rejected the chance to sign former Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita, 28, because he is too small.
  • Arsenal and Liverpool could go back in for Simon Kjaer after a Fenebahce denied a report saying they had struck a £10.5m deal with AC Milan.
  • Arsenal are emerging as favourites  to sign Arda Turan– but only if they can negotiate a cut-price deal with Barcelona.
  • The agent of Liverpool target Emre Mor has dropped a major hint that his client is headed for a Borussia Dortmund exit this summer with a telling Instagram post saying his client is ready for ‘the next chapter’.
  • Nice have reportedly slapped a €30million price-tag on Liverpool and Inter Milan target Dalbert.
  • Inter Milan midfielder Gary Medel is close to joining Trabzonspor.
  • AC Milan have sounded out Napoli  over Pepe Reina amid ongoing  doubts surrounding Gianluigi  Donnarumma.
  • Giuseppe Rossi has become a free agent after turning down a contract offer from Celta Vigo, who he played for last season on a season-long loan from Fiorentina.
  • AC Milan and Trabzonspor reach an agreement over the price-tag of 30-year-old midfielder Juraj Kucka.
  • Paris St-Germain no longer want their 30-year-old midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.
  • Tottenham are ready to cause something of a transfer shock by making an €18million (£15.8m) bid for Yeferson Soteldo.
  • Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will return to full training within 10 days following knee surgery.
  • Adnan Januzaj has returned to Manchester as United consider offers to sell him this summer.
  • Benfica forward Anderson Talisca has reiterated his desire to work with Jose Mourinho – but admits ‘you would all know about it’ if he had received an offer from Manchester United.
  • Pedro Obiang has signed a new contract at West Ham until 2022.
  • Switzerland’s supreme court has dismissed an appeal by former FIFA vice-president Michel Platini against his four-year ban for financial wrongdoing.
  • After impressing on loan at Stoke City, Bruno Martins Indi has become a West Ham transfer target. The Potters hoped to sign him permanently from Porto, but the Hammers have interfered in any possible move.
  • Brighton have their sights on Chelsea attacker Izzy Brown. The 20-year-old, who helped Huddersfield to promotion last year, is also attracting interest from Southampton.
  • New Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky says he intends to make the most of his close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as he looks to take the Tigers back to the Premier League. The Russian says he is in talks about a number of possible loan moves for players from Stamford Bridge.
  • Bookies have slashed the odds on Riyad Mahrez heading to Arsenal from Leicester City. The 26-year-old forward, who has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for some time, could become the Gunners’ third big summer signing.
  • West Ham are emerging as the frontrunners to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray, 26, for £15m. The player has one year left on his contract at Turf Moor and rejected the offer of a new deal.
  • Newcastle United are still interested in trying to broker a loan deal for Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, despite the Reds planning to take a look at the 20-year-old in pre-season.
  • Burnley have had a £3m bid accepted by Stoke for 33-year-old striker Jon Walters.
  • Huddersfield are close to signing defender Mathias Jorgensen, 27, from FC Copenhagen for around £3.5m.
  • Sunderland are weighing up a move for West Ham’s 29-year-old winger Robert Snodgrass – although the Hammers’ £8m asking price could prove a major stumbling block.
  • Championship side Birmingham are considering a loan move for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, 21, who scored 12 goals on loan at Blackburn last season.
  • Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard surprised a group of young local fans by turning up in their neighbourhood unannounced and having a kickabout with them.
  • Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has told a High Court judge he is a “power drinker” who likes to get drunk. The Newcastle United owner was giving evidence on the fourth day of a trial in London where he is being sued by investment banker Jeffrey Blue.
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